Drugs seized during car wash bust

Two Hardeeville men were arrested earlier this week in connection with a drug investigation by members of the Beaufort/Jasper Multi Agency Drug Task Force.

The task force conducted a two-month investigation of Alphonza Ulmer, 53, who's known to sell and distribute illegal drug in the Hardeeville area, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, the task force located Ulmer at his business, the Omega Car Wash at 494 Church St. in Hardeeville. They discovered crack cocaine in his possession, according to the sheriff's office.

Ulmer had just sold crack Esau James, 67, who was at the car wash and charged with possession of crack cocaine, according to the sheriff's office. At the same time, the task force also executed a search warrant at Ulmer's home at 102 Portabello Dr. in Hardeeville.

An estimated 74 grams crack cocaine, 30 grams powder cocaine, $2,811 in cash, drug paraphernalia, six long guns, four handguns and a 1997 Chevrolet 1500 were seized.

Ulmer was charged with two counts of trafficking crack cocaine; trafficking cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; sale and distribution of crack cocaine; possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

James was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

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